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Robert DykesMay. 22, 2015 - 01:05PM JST
"Cheap car insurance"- Let me tell you. I know from experience in Japan - you get what you pay for. Japanese car insurance is great until you need it.
Posted in: 21 things people miss after leaving Japan
Robert DykesMay. 22, 2015 - 12:45PM JST
GREAT list they almost nailed it.... BUT:
4. Japanese (home) baths -WHAT! No way! Unless you want to be folded into a preztle in order to fit in their square TINY bathtubs.
15. “Zakka” shops - yeah those get old REALLY fast.
18. Sitting under a kotatsu - yeah... I would take ACTUALLY using the AC and heater at appropriate times when needed. kotasu should not even really exist anymore, for the most part they are relics left over from a long time ago. I would rather turn on my heater over in the corner, sit back in my recliner and enjoy my TV and PC the same way I do everyday year round.
Robert DykesMay. 21, 2015 - 09:19AM JST
Supposedly only a handful of people within Tanaka are directly responsible for this. There were 100% aware they were cutting corners and went ahead and told everybody else everything was okay and safety inspections were up to key.
Not only have these people cost lives, they have costs millions and millions of dollars in damage, if not billions. Look at all the time the countless people have spent investigating and trying to fix this. The best Honda CEO in 15 years was forced to step down because he chose to go with Tanaka airbags. What I am getting at, is the people at the top of responsibility of this need to serve life in prison, but I am sure they nothing at all will happen. Loose their job with fat pension.
Posted in: Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million
Robert DykesMay. 17, 2015 - 09:46AM JST
From my decade in Japan. From what I have observed pretty much 100% of EVERY single Japanese company or businesses expects, requires, or forces EVERYONE to work above and beyond what is contracted, agreed upon, and paid actually paid for.
Posted in: Gov't to release names of 'black companies'
Robert DykesMay. 12, 2015 - 07:40PM JST
What?! "dangerous $40000 an hour machines?"
This is such a non issue. I can't believe some people are still whining about the Osprey. Do you all have ANY idea how many times these things have flown with out any problems. They have been around since 1988!!!!! Entered full time traning since 2000 and have been in full time active service since 2007. The have been deployed countless time in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Kuwait.
Seriously just look at the facts. There have only been 36 deaths caused by Osprey crashes over the course of its 25 year history in the entire world.
Posted in: Pentagon announces it will deploy Ospreys at Yokota in 2017
Robert DykesMay. 12, 2015 - 08:49AM JST
Have very high hopes for this film. Depending on reviews I may ride down to Nagoya or Osaka so I can watch in Imax.
Posted in: Cast, old and new, unite at 'Mad Max: Fury Road' premiere
Robert DykesMay. 11, 2015 - 01:40PM JST
"how is this news anymore?" It is news because people are saying it needs to change. It is going to be news until they change! It SHOULD be news until it changes. It is not only NOT changing it is getting worse. Japan is going backwards in terms of their contrition.
The only shame here is that it is mainly coming from China. China doesn't even really care, they just want a reason to complain about Japan. Japan needs more pressure from its closer allies.... I mean one single ally. But the USA enjoys its military bases far too much to pressure Japan. It was the exact same immieidallty following the war. Look at the German war trials vs Japanese war trials. The Japanese trials were either rushed, hushed, or non-existent because the USA wanted /needed a base of operation in the Pacific ASAP because they knew that Russia would begin spreading southeast to fill the power vacuum and that is EXACTLY what happened.
Posted in: China newspaper slams Japan for lack of WW2 contrition
Robert DykesMay. 11, 2015 - 01:33PM JST
Sorry... Still doesn't even come close the amazing Honda Rube Goldberg commercial using ONLY parts available from the car they are advertising.
Posted in: Kanna Hashimoto does 'stupid-cool' tricks for commercial, requiring over 600 takes to get it right
Robert DykesMay. 08, 2015 - 12:44PM JST
"I call BS. If the sludge were depleting the oxygen in the canal, then it would be over a sustained period"
Thats not true. What about "red tides". These happen seemingly overnight and can cause mass deaths.
I mean.... how long do you think you would last with out O2.... I don't think it would be a sustained period.
The sludge could have been sitting at a certain level for a long time, allowing the fish to survive, and a single event put the levels over the edge. Broke the camels back if you will.
A person can live on something as low as 12% o2 like on the top of a mountain. (20-21% is normal at sea level). If the level drop to 11% you will die. Not life is optimal at 12% you would be alive and at 11% you would more than likely soon be dead.
Posted in: 100,000 dead fish found in Nagoya canal
Robert DykesMay. 07, 2015 - 03:01PM JST
"These girls have perfect bodies. Not an ounce too few. Anyone who claims they are skinny... Take off your fatty western-sized goggles! This is Japan, not US/UK."
hmm... Well that's new to me I didn't know looking like an Auschwitz inmate was popular anywhere in the world. Please don't get me wrong. I find a skinny girl as attractive as the next guy. But your elbow should not be skinnier than your bicep on anyone in any part of the world. Her arm is perfectly straight, zero curve, zero fat, zero muscle. just bone. In fact where her bicep should be is actually a slight dent in her arm!. A body should have curves and those curves should not be bone. You know what? I guess you right. I don't like skinny girls. I like fit girls.
Posted in: Happy champ
Robert DykesMay. 07, 2015 - 09:48AM JST
I ride a motorcycle almost exclusively. There have been times when I have been tailgated so badly by some idiot I just slowly stop my bike in the middle of the road get off and tell the guy to go around me. They are embarrassed and not too happy about it. But I can not stand it. They are taking my life into their hands. If they rear-end me it is a tiny bump in their bumper but I am more than likely dead.
Posted in: 16-year-old motorbike rider killed after being rear-ended by car
Robert DykesMay. 07, 2015 - 09:43AM JST
I'm confused. Why is everyone saying how cute those girls are. A light breeze would break those arms in two. I am sorry... But that is sick. Those girls look sick, like physically ill. You all do realize that if they were runway models in countries like France they would breaking the law for being that skinny right?
Robert DykesApr. 20, 2015 - 10:12AM JST
".......until he $aw the $$$!"
You should hit up IMDB and check out Hamill. He has been working more steadily than just about any other actor working for 40 years. He isnt hard up for up cash.
Have you not seen the new Star Trek movies? Star Wars 7 will be nothing like the prequels. Have you not seen 2 trailers? Even the most hardcore starwars fans are jumping for joy. The only, and I mean only complaint, I have heard about is the new lightsaber design.
Posted in: Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams
Robert DykesApr. 18, 2015 - 06:00PM JST
Has anyone bothered to look at Japan ranking in the world in terms of Freedom of Press. I find this all of ZERO surprise. BEFORE all this nonsense started with the new laws Abe started about whistle blowing and the such, Japan ranked somewhere around 52. That was from a couple years ago, I am sure the new rating will be far worse.
Posted in: Diplomatic pressure on foreign reporters raises media hackles
Robert DykesApr. 18, 2015 - 05:50PM JST
"ah such a beautiful country.....killing itself"
Why does the world assume shrinking population = bad thing.
The only reason the government wants to reverse the shrinking population is one thing, MONEY.
One way or the other the population will stabilize. There was no way to keep up the post war baby boom, and with near zero immigration, this was all to be expected. Yes it is and will be a strain on the economy, but it will slow down and stabilize in a few decades. It is not like Japan will slowly shrink and one day, POOF, no more Japanese people or Japan will exist. What non-sense. In a over crowded world that isn't expected to slow done until it hits around 10 billion, Japan may actually be viewed as a haven in coming decades, a model. Japan will have to figure out a way to deal with its ageing population. Something that china is 10-20 years behind thanks to its 50 year+ one child only policy. They are facing the EXACT same problem as Japan, but on a scale nearly 10 times the side.
No transition is without its pain, change is hard, but the things that make Japan beautiful have been here 1000 years and will surely last another 1000 years.
Posted in: Japan's population falls for 4th straight year
Robert DykesApr. 16, 2015 - 10:01AM JST
Atlanta Hartsfield airport... uh. Lost my luggage instantly.
When the airport brought it to me the next day I went down to meet the guy. It was a massive van. He opened the door and it was packed from top to bottom with no space. I asked him is always this full? He said each and every day.
Posted in: Kansai International: The airport that’s never lost a passenger’s bag
Robert DykesApr. 14, 2015 - 10:05AM JST
Well. Only two ways this can go.
He will confess: Case closed.
He simply keeps his mouth close:. He goes free.
Posted in: Police question 18-year-old youth over murder of NPO head in Okinawa
Robert DykesApr. 13, 2015 - 10:05AM JST
White face. When is Japan going to learn. This is so racist. Only silver and gold are politically correct human statue colors, sometimes blue. (for the humor impaired, this was sarcasm)
Posted in: Walk this way
Robert DykesApr. 13, 2015 - 10:03AM JST
"They should reexamine how they handled this. It could have resulted in a tragic accident."
I think JR West is pretty amazing as it is. The only rail line that can be compared is the Hong Kong metro. And JR East and and JR west has about 100 time more rail than them. I would say JR has their act together. As someone who has visited 38 prefecture using nothing but local trains, I can attest to the insane magnitude of it all and the clock work precision of it all. All you have to do is of brief search on the net to find records of their impeccable safety record.
It may be easy for gaijin o take pot shots a some things in Japan and its society and culture, but the train system is not one of them.
Posted in: Trains on Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku lines in Tokyo disrupted for 9 hours
Robert DykesApr. 13, 2015 - 09:59AM JST
Yeah. Far easier said than done. I am sure their are plenty of teachers who frequent this site. We often do the same thing, or near to it, over and over again. I am sure most of us do our best to give 100% every time, but I am also sure everyone can admit there are days where for what ever reason it just doesn't go well or you don't feel it, you don't have the energy, or you are just tired of it. I love my job, but 240 to 300 classes a year.... I am not going to be 100% for 300 classes. I am also not getting paid 50 million+ $ a year.
Posted in: Mick Jagger to other bands: Make every show count
May. 29, 2015 - 05:09PM JST
I think its no small coincendence that the the corrupt FIFA execs along with their supporting…
Posted in: Asian federation still backs Blatter
May. 29, 2015 - 05:05PM JST
Reporting internet chatter on news sites as a story in and of itself is one of…
Posted in: Trolls cast pall over U.S. spelling bee
May. 29, 2015 - 05:04PM JST
every time theres a problem with Apple products, the fanboys are in such denial its laughable.…
Posted in: Software glitch can cause iPhones to crash
May. 29, 2015 - 05:03PM JST
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Posted in: S Korean court finds swimmer Tomita guilty of stealing camera
May. 29, 2015 - 04:57PM JST
What I'm really surprised at is such lowest quality of CCTV cameras (made in Korea? or…